Duration: Two-year program (2 semesters per year)

Required Hours: A total of 30 credit units.

Required Units: A total of 10 courses (7 core mandatory and 3 electives)

This program does not require internship or externship.

Master of Arts in Carnatic Music provides a comprehensive and incremental approach to the theoretical language of music, supported by finer nuance to practical performance. Theoretical musical knowledge enhances and supports the student’s practical studies. At the end of this program, students will be well equipped in all aspects that are important in the study of Carnatic Music to take on higher educational and creative opportunities.

Admission Requirements

  • A Bachelor’s degree from an approved or accredited institution is required
  • Practical experience of at least 6 years, which will be determined by University Faculty screening or assessment.
  • An assessment test
  • An optional 30-minute video call with our faculty to discuss your prior practical experience in the field of Carnatic Music.

Seven Core Courses

  • GCM 501: Musicology-1 (Unit Value – 3 credit units)
  • GCM 502: Ragam- Tanam-Pallavi (Unit Value -3 credit units)
  • GCM 503: Improvisational Aspects of Compositions and Devotional Music (Unit Value – 3 credit units)
  • GCM 504: Allied Ragas and Vivadi Raga Compositions, Raga Malika, Varnams (Unit Value – 3 Credit Units)
  • GCM 505: Compositions of Tyagaraja (Unit Value – 3 Credit Units)
  • GCM 506: Musicology-2 (Unit Value – 3 Credit Units)
  • GCM 507: Compositions of Muthuswamy Dikshitar and Syama Sastry (Unit Value – 3 Credit Units)
  • GCM 508: Concert Performance (Unit Value – 3 Credit Units)
  • GCM 510: Thesis (Unit Value – 3 Credit Units)
  • GCM 515: Voxology (Unit Value – 3 Credit Units)


The evaluation has the following components:

  • Final exams
  • Midterm exams
  • Assignments
  • A Thesis
  • An Oral Defense

Students will be awarded a degree in Master of Arts in Carnatic Music, on their successful completion of all the required courses, with a GPA of 3.0 or higher based on the evaluation weightages across the various methods/metrics.

Tuition Fee

Estimated Program Costs: $9,900.00 including Tuition fee of $9,000.00, Application Fee, Books, Registration Fees, etc.

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